MotoGP » Hayden frank on Ducati performance

'We've got a lot of work to do and definitely need to improve in pretty much all areas' - Nicky Hayden

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February 06, 2013 8:28 PM

I would like to see Hayden, Dovi, Iannone, and Spies truly put their heads together and use these tests to make real progress like Ben Spies and Mat Mladin did in AMA superbike, since they're pretty much all in this together.

Mat and Ben would game plan and one would work on X issue while the other worked on Y issue. With such an approach, they might get the Duc into the same .... vicinity as the other factory bikes, rather than leading the CRTs.

I just think that until this mystery new bike arrives mid season, they are getting nowhere fast


February 06, 2013 9:07 PM

re: "since they're pretty much all in this together."

no, they are being made to compete against one another to see which 'merican and which 'talian will go on to form the factory team and ultimately guide the D16's development once the purse string are undone. right now the purse strings are sewn up like a venus fly trap.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 9:26 PM

Pretty lame showing from Ducati..Were they expecting Honda,Yamaha and the CRT bikes to be slower this year or what?????
I guess they want to see where they stand but at this rate they will never Catch the RCV's and M1's.

Rayborn - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 10:07 PM

Look at that photo. LOL.

Poor Nicky, he knows the bike isn't going anywhere. Maybe, MAYBE, in 2014 the Germans will get a decent bike out there.

But not this year. 2013 Ducati will finish behind EVERYBODY including some CRTs.


Joker - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 10:30 PM

Aim caind surprised with Hayden comments.. I was expecting more of this: This Ducati is the best ever!! i never ride somethingh like this..lolo I was also expecting that they had one new engine to test and other stuff like was also promisse to Rossi if he had stay for 2013 sesson but thank you God Rossi toke the right decision, at is age is better to finish carear on Yamaha that been treat like a fool at Ducati waiting for progress and allways the same stuff notghing happen..

crank - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 10:59 PM

Refrence the photo. Guareschi is saying: "Then you put the corned beef on. Make sure it's nice and lean." Hayden is thinking: "Damn, who farted. Oh, thats just my bike stinking up the garage." :O


February 06, 2013 11:52 PM

MotoGP riders are praised or damned too often, I think. Their pace compared to their teammates is valid, but to say that Casey could today win on the Ducati or that Rossi ruined the Ducati is nonsense. Casey is an awesome rider who managed to get the most out of the bike a few years back, but he would not have won last year, just as Rossi, Hayden and others could not either. And Ducati won't win this year. And bringing in another rider won't help. If Casey could be cloned it still would not matter. The bike is a dog, pure and simple. The team will improve only with solid organization and investment from Audi, which is beginning only now. Perhaps in a year's time they might contend for a win, or sooner if it rains, but this year is going to be rough.

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